Choosing a Motorcycle Trailer

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A review of the options to tow multiple bikes

There are a variety of reasons you might want to take your motorcycle with you, rather than ride it. Your trip may be too long, or you need to travel through areas of bad weather. The most likely reasons are that you are traveling with non-riders and/or need to take too much stuff along with you. Whatever the reason, if you can’t ride your motorcycle to an event or on a trip, but you’d like to have it with you, you need a trailer.

Once you’ve decided to get a trailer, you have a lot to think about. One basic question is whether you will be hauling more than one bike. If you think this is even a possibility, your best choice is to go for a trailer that can haul more than just one machine. After all, if it will carry more than one, it will also carry one. This is, of course, stating the obvious, but it needs to be said. Choosing a trailer that can hold up to three dirt bikes, such as the Trinity from The USA Trailer Store, will provide the versatility you need without a lot of additional costs or storage problems.

In reviewing various options of multiple bike trailers, one thing that sets Trinity apart is its open design. Some manufacturers feel the need to place a solid wall of metal in front of the bikes to protect them from road debris. At first glance, this may seem like a reasonable idea, but it really doesn’t make sense. First, the bikes are being pulled by a vehicle that creates its own “wall” of protection. In addition, the vehicle channels airflow above and below the bikes. This alone provides much more protection than the bikes would have if they were being ridden, rather than trailered.

Adding a large metal wall offers little (if any) additional protection and adds a considerable amount of weight which reduces fuel economy and may require a larger, more powerful, tow vehicle. And, while manufacturers try to shape the wall to reduce drag, an open trailer is bound to handle the wind better than one with a large vertical wall as its leading edge.

Enclosed trailers are another consideration. On the positive side, they offer a great deal of protection, but is that worth the cost? To begin with, an enclosed trailer will be significantly more expensive to buy and far more difficult to store. Also, you will almost certainly need a truck or an SUV to tow an enclosed trailer because they weigh more and they are not aerodynamic in any sense of the word. You’re basically hauling a large square box on wheels – and a heavy one at that.

The Trinity 3-rail motorcycle trailer’s open design keeps weight to a minimum without sacrificing strength, load capacity or ease-of-use. It also improves fuel economy through superior aerodynamics. This reduces the overall cost of ownership, making it the more affordable choice.

The trailer features a flat, diamond plate floor, three built-in wheel chocks and a ramp. The user simply rides the bike up the ramp and into a chock, which holds it upright for easy tie-off. The trailer is ideal for two cruisers, or three sport/dirt bikes. The Trinity also folds for easy storage.

So, if you need to bring your bike – or bikes – along for the trip, review your options with care and get a trailer that provides the right combination of capacity, ease-of-use, ease-of-storage and lightweight, open design. Your bikes will arrive ready to ride and you’ll save on fuel. For additional information on the Trinity, visit the The USA Trailer Store website.

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Safely towing your baby on an Ace motorcycle trailer

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Making it secure is easy, if you know what to do.

Towing your motorcycle is the best solution when you wish to ride when you reach your destination, but you can’t – or don’t want to – ride there and back. If you only need to transport a single bike, The USA Trailer Store has a solution that saves money, energy and hassle. Ace Single Motorcycle Trailer is specifically designed to transport a single bike, then cleverly fold and roll away for easy storage.

Transporting your bike on the Ace or any other trailer can be easy and safe, but only if you are careful and take a few simple precautions. There are several items you need to check when you put the trailer on the hitch and the bike on the trailer. Among these critical items is ensuring the motorcycle is securely tied down. Although this is not a particularly difficult task, it requires the proper equipment and some attention to detail. Failure to properly secure the bike is inviting damage and potential injuries.

Here is an overview of the tie-down procedure. We begin our review with the tie-downs. Trying to save money when purchasing these can be pennywise and pound foolish to say the least. Tie-down straps are made of polyester webbing and include s-hooks to provide a secure connection to the anchor point. Most tie-downs include ratchets to make it easier to securely tighten the straps. Although there are other solutions, ratchets are the preferred choice, particularly if you are working alone.

Make it snug

For the most part, the tie-down procedure is the same no matter what type of motorcycle and trailer you have. The bike frame should be secured to the center of the trailer and the fork must be tied down to the front. The best places to attach the straps to the bike vary by model (check your owner’s manual), but in general the center should be secured to a structural member of the frame and the front around the lower triple tree.

Special note for the Ace

When securing your bike to an Ace Single Motorcycle trailer from the USA Trailer Store, it is critical that you tie the center of the bike down to the axles first, before securing to the front outriggers. The reason has to do with the fact that the trailer folds for easy storage. Wherever the trailer folds, pins are used to secure the sections when they are joined. Due to the nature of a pinned connection, there will be a slight amount of play. Strongly securing the bike first to the axle will ensure the connections do not move, making the bike more secure.

Suspension tension

Whatever type of trailer you use, it is important to make the straps tight enough to put tension on the bike’s suspension to avoid shock loading. Shock loading occurs when the trailer hits a bump, causing the motorcycle’s suspension to compress, which in turn causes the straps to become slack. When the suspension recoils, the straps snap suddenly which can weaken or even break them. One way to ensure proper tensioning is to tighten the center straps while seated on the bike. Ratcheting tie-downs will make it easier to accomplish this effort by yourself.

Like so many things, trailering your bike can be easy, if you have the right equipment, understand the process and take your time.

 

Bringing your motorcycle along for the ride

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Reviewing your options

Let’s say you’re heading off on a family vacation to a place that would be ideal for riding. Or, you’ve heard of a motorcycling event that you’d like to attend, but you don’t want to ride that far. These are situations where you can’t ride to your destination, but you’d like to have your bike with you when you get there. The obvious solution is to tow your motorcycle. However, you may be unsure of what type of equipment you need to safely transport your valuable motorcycle without costing too much or being hard to handle and store.

When you review your choices, you’ll find they range from extremely basic to highly complex and costly. The simplest solution is putting your bike in the bed of a pickup truck and securing it firmly in place. Unless you have an extremely light motorcycle, or you are an Olympic weightlifter with a couple of friends, you’ll need a ramp to get the bike in place. You’ll also need a chock for the front wheel and several strong ratcheting straps to secure the bike firmly in place.

If you don’t have a truck, or you need to use the bed for other purposes, there are a number of ways to pull the motorcycle behind your vehicle. These range from a simple device that attaches the front wheel of the bike to the rear of the vehicle allowing the rear wheel to roll free on the pavement. The Slick Wheelie from The USA Trailer Store is such a device. It is a simple and elegant solution, however it is generally not considered suitable for long distances.

If you’ve got a long way to go, you need to get the bike up off the street and keep it secure. The best way to do that, of course, is with a trailer. We’ve all seen large, complex trailers hauling two or more bikes in the wake of a gigantic pickup. Those are costly and large, requiring lots of storage space when not in use. They are also very heavy and can significantly reduce fuel economy.

The USA Trailer Store has created a relatively simple, reliable and affordable solution called the Ace Single Motorcycle Trailer. Unlike more complex trailers, it is designed specifically to carry a single motorcycle safely and efficiently. It is also designed to fold for easy storage between uses.

The design is deceivingly simple. At a glance, it looks like a rolling ramp, that is, a single ramp mounted on an axle with a wheel on either side. The truth is, the Ace is cleverly designed to fold to the width of the two wheels. It even features casters, enabling the user to easily roll the folded unit to a storage location.

You can find out more about the Ace Single Motorcycle Trailer at the USA Trailer Store Web site. You can even see it in action. It’s a great solution if you need to safely get a single motorcycle from point A to point B.